Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
October 1, A.D. 2005
Baruch 4:5-12, 27-29
Psalm 69: 33-37
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Ambition can have a good meaning, and a bad one. Our parents so prayed for
ambitious sons and daughters who would eventually be eager to help on the
farm for an aging father, or helping a tired mother, worn out with taking
care of children and cooking and cleaning from morning until night. That
kind of ambition is best summed up as industriousness. But Jesus in today's
Gospel condemns his disciples for being "ambitious" for praise and
self-glorification. After all, they have cast out demons and cured diseases.
Jesus rebukes them, telling them that such ambition will not win them the
kingdom, bur, rather, they should seek a childlike spirit.
How fitting is such a message for the feast of St. Therese of Lisieux. She
won sainthood by her "little way", consistently child-like in accepting pain
and suffering, and delighting to serve God through insignificance. In turn,
her Beloved was delighted with her, and, in turn, has fulfilled her every
prayer from her heavenly workbench. May we take this lesson to heart this
day, seeking to fuse our pains and sufferings with the Passion of Jesus
Christ. While we will in all probability never be canonized, we will achieve
a spirit of peaceful serenity and joy that can be attained in no other way.
- Msgr. Paul Whitmore
Lives of the saints:
Saturday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary time
St. Therese of the Child Jesus, virgin and doctor of the Church
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